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WNYC News

Without Money for School Supplies, Teachers Dig Into Their Own Pockets

Monday, September 05, 2011

New York City public school teachers report back to work on Tuesday to prepare for the start of the academic year — but this year they will be without the annual stipend they received for school supplies.

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WNYC News

For Some Schools, Tight Budgets Mean More from Parents

Thursday, September 01, 2011

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School starts Thursday, Sept. 8, but principals have been working all summer trying to make do with tighter budgets, for the fifth year in a row. Though the overall Department of Education budget continues to go up (primarily to cover fixed costs), schools this year are dealing with an average budget cut of 2.4 percent.

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The Takeaway

Education Week: Detroit Students Fight for School Choir

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It’s back to school season, so The Takeaway is doing a special series on educational issues in America. Many school districts are facing deep budget cuts, while also feeling the pressure to raise student achievement. That puts a lot of pressure on teachers, students, and administrators alike. Today, two students whose school choir lost funding due to budget cuts last year are speaking out. Rather than throw in the towel, the students went to great lengths to try saving the choir — as well as several other extra-curricular programs at their school.

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The Takeaway

Education Week: Schools Cope With Budget Cuts

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

As students across the nation head back to school, The Takeaway presents a special report on education this week. Today, we focus on budget cuts. As states continue to take in less revenue, public schools around the country are seeing their budgets slashed. It's the principal's job to examine a budget, and distribute available funding in a way that's in the best interest for the students.

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The Takeaway

Education Week: Schools Feeling the Budget Squeeze

Monday, August 29, 2011

All over the country, 50 million public school students will head back to school this week.  And so today, we’re starting a week-long special look into the state of education in America in 2011. Today, we're talking about shrinking school budgets. State budgets have been feeling the squeeze since 2008, and with stimulus money running out, this is the year when schools are really having to tighten their belts. Later this week, we'll talk about the No Child Left Behind Act's looming deadlines, which require that by 2014, 100 percent of students will test at grade level in reading and math.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Education and Bullying in New Jersey

Monday, August 15, 2011

John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of njspotlight.com, discusses the new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and how No Child Left Behind waivers will affect New Jersey.

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WNYC News

Charter Schools Post Higher Test Scores, Largely in Math

Friday, August 12, 2011

New York City charters schools once again performed better than the citywide average on this year's state exams. But that's largely because of the gains in math.

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WNYC News

New Sex-Ed Curriculum Teaches About Sexual Orientation

Friday, August 12, 2011

The sex education curriculum that the city is mandating in public schools this year will include teaching students about questions of sexual orientation.

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The Takeaway

No Child Left Behind Laws Get Major Loophole

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

As one of the hallmark pieces of education legislation passed by President George W. Bush, The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 aimed to reform the American education system by giving schools standard and measurable goals that 100 percent of all students needed to meet. But, by promising to leave no child behind, did the act set its goals too far

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WNYC News

City Shutters Bronx School After Elevated Levels of Chemical Found

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

City education officials closed a Bronx school after final test results showed unsafe levels of a toxic chemical existed in the building.

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The Takeaway

American Sign Language on the Brink of Extinction

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

American Sign Language could be a dying form of communication, thanks to dwindling education funding and technological alternatives. Many deaf people are adamant that sign language will always be essential, but state budget cuts are threatening to close schools that teach it. This adds to the existing debate in the deaf community, between those who communicate with sounds and high-tech cochlear implants, and those who utilize sign language.

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The Takeaway

Report Shows Atlanta Teachers Cheated to Improve Test Scores

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has just released a report that named principals and teachers in Atlanta's public schools who had been modifying tests and tampering with answers to improve results. The report found cheating in 44 of the 56 schools its authors examined, and 178 teachers and principals who cheated. The news will tarnish the reputation of Atlanta’s outgoing Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was named Superintendent of the Year in 2009. The large number of teachers involved has led some to call this America’s biggest teacher cheating scandal.

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The Takeaway

First Amendment Rights for Students on FB and MySpace?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Students have been complaining about their teachers and principals, probably since the first schoolhouses opened. But in the Internet age, it's easy for students broadcast their frustrations publicly via social networks, and courts are now having to step in and define whether their online back talk is protected free speech.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey: Christie and the Court

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly discusses the breaking New Jersey Supreme Court ruling ordering the state to increase funding for the state's poorest schools.

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WNYC News

City Teachers Travel the World, Bring Back New Lessons for Their Students

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Students aren't the only ones looking forward to summer adventures. Dozens of city teachers are heading abroad on travel grants, and hoping to bring their experiences back to the classroom in the fall.

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The Takeaway

'Northern Lights 1996' Explores Students' Rights, Then and Now

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Half a century ago, as Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington and Freedom Riders tested the desegregation of interstate buses, students at a Detroit high school stood up for their rights, and won. Finding the facilities and education at their school inferior to what was available at predominately white schools, they staged a walk-out, and refused to come back to their school until their demands were met. A new play called “Northern Lights 1966” tells their story. Starring a cast of high school students, it’s being staged by Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theatre through this weekend.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

School News

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WNYC education reporter Beth Fertig discusses school elections and teacher evaluations.

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WNYC News

Panel Votes to Phase-Out Three More Schools with Walcott's Support

Friday, April 29, 2011

The city's Panel for Educational Policy voted to phase-out three more low-performing schools late Thursday night. The vote capped an emotional night even as the new schools chancellor appealed for respect.

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Features

I'll Take 'New York City Public Schools' For $500

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Two New York City public school teachers, Matt Polazzo of Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School and Catilin Milat of Brooklyn's Achievement First Apollo Elementary School, have been selected to compete against 13 contestants in a national two-week teachers' trivia contest on "Jeopardy!"

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Teachers' Evaluations

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Teachers: How do you think schools and teachers should be evaluated? If you don't believe in relying on standardized tests, what standards would you use? Call us and tell us how you think you and your school should be evaluated. Call us up or comment here!

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